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CORCEU_131025_013.JPG: The Golden Age of Dutch Art:
In many ways, Dutch art was "invented" during the 17th century. For several centuries up to that time, The Netherlands -- also known as the United Provinces -- had been controlled by Spain, the most powerful nation in Europe. After 80 years of intermittent war, the Dutch achieved independence in 1648. This consolidated what was already becoming an age of great prosperity for the new Protestant nation as trade, industry, and colonial activity brought great wealth.
In this environment, all the arts thrived and began what has often been referred to as a "Golden Age." Dutch painting of the 17th century is characterized by depiction of the everyday world: portraiture, landscape, still life, and scenes showing daily life. Painters tended to specialize in one of these areas, collectively giving a vivid idea of what it was like to live in their turbulent but brilliant times.
The main market for these paintings were the wealthy and ambitious merchants of Amsterdam, Delft, The Hague, and other Dutch cities. There were an extraordinary number of painters active in this period. In this room are examples are some of the most important of them, including the landscape artists Aelbert Cuyp (1620-1691) and Jan Van Goyen (1596-1656), the portraitists Gerrit Dou (1613-1675) and Rembrandt Harmensz Van Rijn (1606-1669), and the genre painter Jan Steen (1626-1679).
CORCEU_131025_026.JPG: Rembrandt van Rijn
Man with Sheet of Music, 1633
CORCEU_131025_077.JPG: 18th- and 19th-Century Art:
This room contains a selection of European painting and decorative art from the 18th and 19th centuries. The arrangement of this room, in which works are presented two and three deep on the walls, is usually referred to as being in a "salon style." This manner of hanging paintings was common in the 19th century. With a few exceptions, the works are British and French. Most of them arrived in the institution in 1928, as part of the magnificent gift to the Corcoran from Senator William C. Clark. Senator Clark was especially fond of French art, as it reflected in this display. On the far (south) wall are 18th-century French works, and in the room beyond, the Salon Dore is an example of a complete interior from the period. Adjacent to this on the east wall are 18th-century British paintings. Facing these, on the west wall, which is divided by a 16th-century northern European mantle, there is a selection of largely naturalist French art from the 19th century. And on the north wall, adjacent to this text, is a selection of British, French, and Spanish paintings mainly on exotic and symbolist themes.
CORCEU_131025_108.JPG: Thomas Gainsborough
A Market Cart, n.d.
CORCEU_131025_115.JPG: Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
The Dance Class, c 1873
CORCEU_131025_133.JPG: Claude Monet
The Willows, 1880
CORCEU_131025_139.JPG: The Transformation of Painting and Sculpture in France, 1850-1918:
"In matters of painting and sculpture, the present day Credo of the sophisticated, above all in France, is this: I believe in nature, and I believe only in Nature (there are good reasons for that)."
-- Charles Beaudelaire, 1859
European art changed dramatically during the 19th century. Especially in France -- where revolution, war, and economic upheaval altered the nation as a whole -- artists rebelled against academic styles and subjects, transforming predominantly neoclassical or romantic views of history, religion, and nature into provocative representations that were less encumbered by tradition.
By the mid-1860s, artists like Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir began to experiment with new styles and contemporary subjects rooted in their study of visual phenomena, like color, light, and movement. Initially rejected by the academy, their work ultimately transformed the practice of modern painting and sculpture.
Artists were also guided by scientific and technological progress. With the advent of steam power, railroads, electricity, and modern forms of communication -- photography, telegraphy, advanced printing, and cinema -- they engaged a world increasingly driven by images. Pablo Picasso, Jacques Lipchitz, and Frantisek Kupka developed new forms of representation based in part on speed, relatively, and multiple points of view.
CORCEU_131025_141.JPG: Jean-Baptiste-Camillle Corot
Le Repos (The Repose), 1860, reworked c 1865-1870
CORCEU_131025_148.JPG: Eugene Louis Boudin
Fair in Brittany, 1874
CORCEU_131025_154.JPG: Constant Troyon
Landscape with Figures, c 1850-1852
CORCEU_131025_180.JPG: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
View from Cap Martin of Monte Carlo, c 1884
CORCEU_131025_186.JPG: Jacques Lipchitz
Guitar Player, 1918
CORCEU_131025_198.JPG: Pablo Picasso
Un verre sur une table, 1913
CORCEU_131025_205.JPG: Honore Victorin Daumier
At the Print Stand, c 1860
CORCEU_131025_211.JPG: With the acquisition of William A. Clark's collection in 1926, the Corcoran's role in the study of European art improved dramatically in quality and prominence. While small and eclectic by contemporary museum standards, the European collection now represents a wide range of historic and aesthetic ideas and styles, making it ideal for teaching.
The Clark bequest, which built on William Wilson Corcoran's initial gift of both American and European art, including a wide range of outstanding examples, from Greek antiquities and Renaissance era pottery to 17th-century Dutch landscapes and 19th-century French masterpieces. Over time, the Corcoran has received many additional gifts to help build the collection, most significantly from Edward C. and Mary Walker, who donated a group of important Impressionist works in 1937.
The Corcoran's European collection are shown on a rotating basis, with an emphasis on establishing relationships between the history of art and the contemporary world it helps to illuminate. Just as American artists frequently looked to Europe for inspiration during the 18th and 19th centuries, this collection continues to provide a strong foundation for our understanding and interpretation of American art, contemporary art, photography, and new media.
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